Today, I have a very special treat for my readers. This is the second part of roundup post, “Top Travel Photographers Reveal Their Favorite Photo Locations Around The World“. The first part of the post was published about 2 months ago and it was by far the most popular article on this blog. It attracted a lot of attention from all over the world. At the same time, our readers pointed out that we did not cover any destinations from Africa and Asia. Today’s roundup post should fix some shortcomings of the original article.
I asked top travel photographers from all over the world to answer one simple question.
If you had to choose what would be your favorite photography location?
So here are their answers!
Photography is why I breathe, baby. That’s lifelong, undying love and passion. It’s all about: Connection. Inspiration. Story. Humor. And Beauty. Who couldn’t do with more beauty in the world? I love photographers because they wear their heart on their sleeve and it lives in their work. Their breathtaking world view. Their intensely personal story… the one that we just HAVE to tell or our hearts will simply burst from the withholding of it.
My favorite photo location has to be New Zealand. I feel like I could spend a lifetime exploring all that it has to offer. Every frame is just stunning, no matter what or where; each new vista is just gorgeous beyond reckoning. The place has a thousand moods. It’s mysterious, brilliant, epic in scale.. and the varietal shades of blue are unlike anywhere on the planet. It fills you up from the inside out with deep inspiration and beauty on a scale that takes your breath away. Repeatedly! And although I’ve been there, it pretty much has a lifetime membership to my bucket list.
Nicole S. Young
Nicole is a food, landscape, and travel photographer living in Portland, Oregon. She can be spotted photographing waterfalls with her husband, Brian, or out in the rain walking with their dog, Kodak. Nicole writes books and creates educational content for her website, contributes articles about photography and post-processing to Photofocus.com, and also sells eBooks and other content for photographers in her online store.
My favorite place I have traveled to so far would have to be Vietnam. The people are kind and friendly, the food is amazing, and there is just so much color! I photographed this image while on a ride through the Vietnam country-side as a passenger on a local’s motorbike. He took me to some of the back-roads locations where I was able to see parts of Vietnam that are a little bit off the beaten path. It was an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to return.
Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Denver, CO. He specializes in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, as his portfolio spans the four corners of the globe.
For years, Myanmar has been shrouded in mystery as its oppressive military regime kept a close hand in keeping the country relatively locked down. This all changed just over two years ago when the country instated a form of democracy and since than their borders have opened allowing a flood of photographers and travelers into the country. One of the most beautiful places to photograph is Bagan, known for its thousands of Buddhist stupas and pagodas that line the valley floor. If you have the opportunity, check out Myanmar now, before too many people visit and it begins to lose what once made it so special.
Christopher O’Donnell is a coastal landscape photographer and educator based in Boston. Through his work, he likes to show a vantage point that is rarely seen in reality; a show of beauty, emotion, and serenity. There are countless mesmerizing scenes among us that are often hidden from society – his goal is to expose them to the world so that you may share the wonders he has seen.
After college, Christopher returned to the coast of New England to pursue his love of landscape photography and has made it his career. Maine is a particular favorite of his as it’s one of the few states that is relatively untouched by human interference, which in his mind, makes it the perfect landscape. Christopher’s work changes like the seasons of New England, which always presents him with surreal opportunities to create something unique.
Favorite location: Five Islands in Georgetown, Maine. “Maine: the rocky coastline, mountains, the ocean and the lakes all in one state. My favorite part about Maine is the coast, where you can live in a small town and still not capture every unique and breathtaking spot since there is so much variation to the coastline here. I also like the absence of big crowds – even during the height of tourist season in Bar Harbor, I still find it easy to slip away for a landscape photo in solitude.
What inspires me the most is the landscape. It’s ever changing – season to season, the different natural lights, new perspectives….I can shoot the same location twenty different times and come out with a unique photo that I never got before.”
Josh Cripps is a wilderness photographer, international traveler, and adventure enthusiast living in California’s breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains. During beautiful sunsets you will often hear him yelling like a lunatic.
As you might expect, any area named after the most famous landscape photographer of all time is going to be breathtakingly beautiful. And the Ansel Adams Wilderness in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains is certainly no exception. This vast wilderness boasts crystal clear lakes, numerous small glaciers, and stunning 13,000-foot peaks. There are no roads into the wilderness and access to the area is limited to a number of foot and stock trails. Two of North America’s most famous hiking trails, the John Muir Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, also run through the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The remote nature of this wilderness gives it an almost primitive feel, as if it’s a landscape completely separate from our modern lives. Because of the endless opportunities for stillness and serenity it provides, along with its photogenic grandeur, the Ansel Adams Wilderness is at the top of my list for photography destinations.
French Landscape and Wildlife photographer.
The nature and the great outdoors, I learned to love it small, while I was hiking in the mountains with my father. The camera in hand, it is now as I wander through the mountains, coastlines, landscapes, in quest of magical moments.
I like to bring back evidence of the beauty that nature offers us.
So I hope to touch the skeptics and convince them to make the effort to respect our beautiful environment
The Alps are beautiful mountains. If I had to show one, it would be the Matterhorn. The perfect mountain for me … slender, elegant, legend of mountaineering.
To photograph this mountain, and under his most famous profile, Riffelsee lake offers a perfect view, with a striking reflection of the Valais summit, reaching more than 4000m high
Richard Bernabe is an Internationally renowned landscape, wildlife, and travel photographer and author. Contributing Editor, Popular Photography Magazine
Deadvlei is tucked away among the largest sand dunes in the world in Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft National Park. This large clay pan is littered with ancient camel thorn trees which allow for an infinite number of compelling compositions and surreal natural landscapes. At the risk of sounding like hyperbole, since many locations are referred to as such, but in this case the claim really is true: Deadvlei is a true photographer’s paradise.
Tracy is a Canadian photographer currently based in New York. After first getting her start in headshot and portrait photography, she eventually found the world of travel photography when I moved to Europe in 2010, and proceeded to journey through 20 European countries. Born in Beijing and raised in Vancouver Canada, Tracy loves to capture the natural beauty and cultural essence of her destination. Her travel stories can be found at:
It always seems that we don’t truly begin to appreciate something until we loose it. I was born in China and spent many childhood years living there before my family moved to Canada. I didn’t remember anything particularly exciting about the country. It wasn’t until when I went back to China more than a decade after I’d left that I really started to see the country for the beauty it really is. Some of my favorite places to visit in China are all in the south, think Yunnan, Guilin, ZhangJiaJie, the region is filled with rugged mountains, tranquil rivers, and exotic minorities. But every time I visit, I always head first for the majestic Great Wall of China. There is nothing more satisfying than climbing a few hours on the man-made structure that stretches hundreds of miles, and nothing more gratifying than watching the sunrise over the Great Wall.
Traveler, photographer, wanderlust sufferer. Writer, poet, blogger. I take photos, share photos, and write about things that interest me. My photographic preferences are landscapes and cityscapes, and I especially love street scenes in Europe. My photographic style is expressive and colorful – that’s just how I see the world. My camera is my accomplice and my co-conspirator. It compels me to get out the door and to go see something.
My hope is to motivate people to travel and take photographs, to inspire creativity in others by sharing what I create, how I create it, and even what I use to create it with. I hope to inspire people to go explore someplace new. I just hope to inspire people to get up and give it all a try.
So go see something new. Try something different. Travel. Take a photo. Create something. There’s a kind of magic that happens when you create. Have fun out there. We have a beautiful world on our hands, and it’s so worth going to see it.
This is Leadenhall Market in London – an incredible sight in one of my favorite cities.
Brendan van Son
Brendan is a travel photographer from Alberta, Canada though he rarely spends much time in one place at a time these days, let alone home. Over the past 5 years, Brendan has travelled to around 80 different countries photographing them all. Well Brendan doesn’t focus on one brand of photography more than an other. Instead, he’s always aiming to create a nice variety to his images of nature, cities, and people in which best describes the destination of the day.
I had a blast shooting photography in China. It is just such a varied country. There is so much diversity. One day you may find yourself in the rain forest, and the next in the desert. I took this image in a section of the Gobi Desert near Dunhuang in China’s under-visited Gansu Province. I was staked out at the spot waiting for the light for about an hour waiting for some nice light. Finally, just after the sun dropped behind the dunes, I got some brilliant light on the sky and soft light baking the temple. I only got one photo exposed before the light disappeared and went back to dull. I’m glad I managed to capture this moment, because it was an awesome one.
Travel photographer and graphic designer from Montreal (Canada)
My favorite travel photography location by far is the coastal drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco. And this is one of the most beautiful spots you’ll find on the drive along California State Route 1. You can spot it quite often in tv commercials and movies. It is located only few miles from Carmel and Monterey.